Politics + Government

COMMENTARY

Senator assures industry Nevada will remain a mining colony

BY: - October 7, 2021

Harry Reid must be so proud. “Revision of our mining laws has been a regular topic for more than 100 years,” Reid wrote in 2009 when he was Senate Majority Leader. “During my time in Congress, I have fought against and defeated many ill-conceived reform efforts that would have hurt rural Nevada.” Reid was being […]

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Federal mineral royalty would be ‘unfair’ to Nevada mining, Cortez Masto says

BY: - October 5, 2021

U.S. senators of both parties at a hearing Tuesday rejected House Democrats’ plans to impose billions of dollars in royalties and other fees on companies that mine for gold, copper, lithium and other minerals on federal lands. Among the opponents was Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who said she objected to the House proposal because […]

National, local groups push Congress to keep housing in social spending bill

BY: - October 5, 2021

The social spending legislation Democrats in Congress are trying to pass includes substantial investment to address the nation’s housing crisis – assuming it doesn’t get cut out of the final package. Local and national groups are concerned the proposed infusion of more than $300 billion into creating and preserving affordable housing could be on the […]

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Group aims to slash wild horse and burro population by 75%

BY: - October 4, 2021

A coalition with an environmentally-friendly name is fronting for ranching and hunting interests out to accelerate the capture and confinement of Nevada’s wild horses and burros, according to critics.  “We believe the Coalition for Healthy Nevada Lands is a front organization for the livestock ranchers and commercial trappers who seek the eradication of wild horses […]

How Biden’s social spending bill would provide free preschool

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — If Pres. Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending package survives ongoing negotiations in Congress, key provisions of the plan would provide low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. Under the full $3.5 trillion plan originally envisioned by the White House, Congress would allocate $450 […]

Programs, funding aim to ease Indian Health Service provider shortage

BY: - October 1, 2021

The Indian Health Service (IHS) has pulled together bipartisan support from Congress to recruit and hire more health care workers for understaffed clinics and hospitals in tribal nations. A quarter of all positions for physicians, nurses and other care providers at IHS facilities are vacant, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), meaning more than […]

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Senate confirms Stone-Manning to head BLM, overcoming months of GOP attacks

BY: - October 1, 2021

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Thursday night to make Tracy Stone-Manning the first confirmed director of the Bureau of Land Management since the Obama administration. The vote, 50-45, ended a contentious confirmation process for Stone-Manning, a senior adviser for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation who served as chief of staff to […]

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Amodei among minority of House Republicans voting to avert shutdown

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote. The House later passed the federal spending bill — which will […]

Sisolak discusses how ARP money can – and can’t – be spent

BY: - September 30, 2021

Could Nevada use the $6.7 billion provided by the American Rescue Plan Act to raise wages for certain workers? No.  But could the state use money to provide one-time bonuses for essential workers, such as grocery store employees, who provided needed services during the pandemic? Possibly.  Officials are quite a ways off from deciding how […]

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

BY: - September 30, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service spent more consecutive days this summer at the agency’s highest level of preparedness for wildfires than in any previous year, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. Moore’s comments reflected the growing danger from more intense and harder-to -control fires that have swept Western and Midwestern states […]

Is now any time to raise the corporate tax rate on the resort industry? 

BY: - September 29, 2021

Nevada’s congressional Democrats, with the exception of Rep. Dina Titus, are keeping mum about Pres. Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate to help pay for legislation designed to tackle poverty, boost working families, expand education and health care, and confront the climate crisis. “Raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5% […]

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Senate – finally – to vote on Stone-Manning to lead BLM

BY: - September 28, 2021

The U.S. Senate is set to vote as soon as Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservation advocate and former top aide to Montana Democrats, to lead the Bureau of Land Management, putting the end to her contentious confirmation process in sight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Stone-Manning’s nomination, setting […]